Petter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Petter family

The surname Petter was first found in the Palatinate, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Petter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Petter research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1790, 1747, 1784, 1615, 1676, 1624, 1677, 1614, 1652, 1667, 1727, 1779, 1827, 1819, 1895, 1864, 1856 and 1918 are included under the topic Early Petter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Petter Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Peter, Petter, Peeter, Peetter, Peater, Peatter, Peters, Petersen, Peer, Peers and many more.

Early Notables of the Petter family (pre 1700)

Notables with the name Petter during this period were Catharina Peeters (1615-1676), Flemish Baroque painter noted for painting seascapes; Johannes (or Jan) Peeters (1624-1677), a Flemish Baroque painter who specialized in seascapes and shipwrecks; Bonaventura Peeters the Elder (1614-1652), a Flemish painter, draughtsman and etcher; John Peeters or Pieters (1667-1727), born in Antwerp, Belgium, a Belgium painter related to Bonaventura Peeters who emigrated to England, nicknamed "Doctor Peeters" for his restoration of damaged pictures and drawings. Carl Friedrich...
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Petter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Petter migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Petter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rees Petter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1683 [1]
Petter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Conrad Petter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1709 [1]
  • Jerg Petter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727 [1]
  • Robert Petter, who arrived in Georgia in 1735 [1]
  • Johan Petter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
Petter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Franz Petter, who arrived in New York in 1850 [1]
  • John Petter, aged 30, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Petter (post 1700) +

  • Ole Petter Pollen (b. 1966), Norwegian Olympic silver medalist sailor at the 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Johann Petter Falkeberget (1879-1967), Norwegian novelist
  • Petter Granberg (b. 1992), Swedish two-time gold medalist professional ice hockey player
  • Petter Northug Jr. (b. 1986), Norwegian Olympic cross country skier who won two gold, sliver, and bronze at the 2010 games
  • Petter Adolf Karsten (1834-1917), Finnish mycologist, the "father of Finnish mycology"
  • Petter Vaagan Moen (b. 1984), Norwegian footballer
  • Petter Villegas (b. 1975), soccer winger from Esmeraldas, Ecuador


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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